Thanks for telling your story Becky…
I’ve done two summer camps now and for most part all the camp counselors I have met were lovely. Sometimes some counselors take a while to adjust when everyone first gets to camp so they might seem a bit moody. I always knew not to take this personally and that it generally just meant they were just a bit home sick or tired. After a few days though everyone would always get into the swing of things and because you spend so much time together you all get to know each other really quickly. In general camp counselors stick together against the kids and against the leaders but there’s always one… or in my case several!
Watch out for the know-all returners
The first year I did camp there was only two girls who seemed a bit funny right from the start. They had returned to the same camp year after year so gave off this impression that they knew everything, which to be fair they did. They seemed very territorial about camp and they were constantly talking about how last year it was sooo much better and there is nothing more annoying than that.
It can be a counselor eat counselor world
The kids really liked them so I can’t say they weren’t good camp counselors but as far as working with them went they were the most annoying camp counselors ever! As the summer went on they got worse and worse because they got jealous that you were learning more and more. If their group were not the best group at all times ie. the tidiest cabin, the ones ready first etc. then they would literally sulk. I’m sure it even went as far as sabotage once! My cabin was looking pretty tidy and then looked like a bomb had hit it just before inspections. I asked one of them if they had seen anyone go in there and she obviously she said no but I was skeptical.
Keen an eye on the snitches
The second year we had an absolute snitch in the team and the snitch had a side kick. I thought last years returning counselors got on my nerves but this time I could safely brand these two as the most annoying camp counselors ever! One night all the camp counselors (well most of them) were on a night off and we snuck into the food hall because we were starving. The next thing we knew we had a morning meeting about it (not infront of the kids) but we all got so told off. They wouldn’t have known if the snitch hadn’t said anything. She wasn’t even there that night but the side kick was – who told the snitch, who told the leaders. They also told on us when we snuck alcohol back on camp and we almost got sent home. It was only because they couldn’t pin point exactly who had done it that we got away with it. We knew it was those two that kept ruining our fun because they were both big time bossy boots and they told on the kids all the time.
In both cases it wasn’t too much of a big deal it was just a shame but then one of the things about camp is to encounter all sorts of people. We still had to work with them so we got by and it brought the other counselors closer together really.
Just make sure you’re not branded as an annoying camp counselor!